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Is Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore worth the wait?

If the third time is a spell both in the wizarding world created by JK Rowling and here in the muggle realm, then some nefarious creature must have cast the Finite Incantatem counterspell to prevent Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore from fully enchanting me.

From a brilliant opening encounter between Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) that tenderly confirms the characters’ romantic past without ambiguity, the third chapter of the magical conflict is truly breathtaking in its predecessor, The Crimes of Grindelwald.

A heartbreaking personal loss at the end of the second film is largely ignored, the dramatic revelation with deeply troubled Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller) doesn’t get the satisfying payoff we’d like, and Mikkelsen waters down the insane menace of the dark wizard antagonist who previously was portrayed by Johnny Depp.

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Mads Mikkelsen joins the cast (Warner Bros.)

David Yates’ immersive imagination certainly has its undeniable delights, including gorgeous production and eye-popping costume design, comic relief thanks to adorable digitally rendered creatures, and Eddie Redmayne’s hilariously hypnotic hip swing during an offbeat subterranean set play.

The Secrets Of Dumbledore is less than the sum of its polished and entertaining parts, and with an overly generous running time of 142 minutes, it’s also the longest installment in the franchise… and feels like it.

Dumbledore, Professor of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts, cannot move against Grindelwald because of the blind blood oath they took when they were idealistic teenagers and madly in love.

He begs trusted magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) to put together a top-notch team consisting of Newt’s brother Theseus (Callum Turner) and trusted assistant Bunty Broadacre (Victoria Yeates), Professor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks (Jessica Williams), Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) and others, Muggle baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) insists on a dangerous mission aimed at confusing Grindelwald and his followers.

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Fantastic Beasts (Warner Bros./PA)

“You must trust me when your instinct tells you not to,” Dumbledore pleads gently with Theseus.

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Meanwhile, Credence is transformed into a weapon of vengeful destruction, and Queenie (Alison Sudol) grapples with her decision to leave her sweetheart, Jacob, to carry out Grindelwald’s bidding.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore ignites on-screen heat between Law and Mikkelsen with an opening chorus that succinctly sums up Grindelwald’s disgust with non-magical people.

“Is it really your intention to turn your back on your own kind for these animals?” he fumes at Dumbledore.

That intense simmer reduces to a polite simmer over the next two hours while screenwriters Rowling and Steve Kloves casually tie up loose threads and enact a conventional quest that, with a few wand movements, it should have, through Germany and Bhutan ahead of the second World War Rush Cast a diffindo spell to trim Yates’ image to exactly two hours.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/is-fantastic-beasts-the-secrets-of-dumbledore-worth-the-wait-41523868.html Is Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore worth the wait?

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